All Primary and Lower Elementary classroom lead teachers are Montessori certified. Your child’s teacher is trained to observe the individual interests and needs of each child, demonstrate the correct use of classroom materials, assess each child’s progress and needs, and guide each child to appropriate activities. Each classroom has one or more assistants who support the teacher and students. All share the love of children and desire to assist young people as they grow toward their potential.
- Jodie Nolen, Executive Director
- Jill Bishop, Office Manager
- Brandy Parr, Lower Elementary
- Janelle Crawford, Primary Lead Teacher – Galaxy Room
- Shawna Chambers, Assistant – Galaxy Room
- Bernadine Dewey, Lead Teacher - Rainbow Room
- Tommy Capps, Assistant - Rainbow Room
- Tammy Brand, Primary Lead Teacher – Sunrise Room
- Libby McFarland, Assistant - Sunrise Room
- Maria Guzman, Toddler Program
- Andrea Williams, Toddler Program
- Katie Grimes, Toddler Program
Jodie was appointed the Interim Director at GMA in July 2012 and selected as the Executive Director in January 2013. She brings over ten years of business and management experience to GMA, working in the banking, non-profit and healthcare industries. After graduating from St. Teresa’s Academy she attended Truman State University where she studied Business Administration with a focus on Marketing. Prior to joining the staff at GMA, Jodie was an active parent volunteer at the school serving as a co-chair on the inaugural auction committee and helping in the office. She is excited to work with the students, parents and staff to continue to provide an exceptional educational experience at Global Montessori Academy.
Jill Bishop is the school’s Office Manager, assisting the Executive Director in office accounting and day to day operations of the school. She brings over 20 years of commercial business and customer service experience. Jill joined GMA in 2013.
Brandy Parr is the lower elementary teacher for ages 6–9. She holds a Montessori Elementary Diploma from Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). She also holds K–6 elementary teaching credentials in both Missouri and Kansas and an Early Childhood Credential in Missouri. She has a B.A. from Kansas State University and received her traditional elementary teacher training at the University of Redlands in Redlands, California. Brandy has been teaching for 12 years and has been at Global Montessori Academy since 2008.
Primary Lead Teacher – Galaxy Room
Janelle Crawford received her Montessori certification in Primary Education from Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). She studied Special Education at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee (UWM) and taught Special Education on an emergency license at Maryland Avenue Montessori in Milwaukee for two years. She attended Raintree Montessori from early childhood through sixth grade and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. Janelle has been with GMA since 2012.
Assistant – Galaxy Room
Shawna Chambers has a background in Early Childhood and Special Education. She has been with GMA since 2006.
Lead Teacher - Rainbow Room
Assistant - Rainbow Room
Primary Lead Teacher – Sunrise Room
Tammy received her Montessori certification through the American Montessori Society (AMS). Before she followed her dream of teaching, she worked as a broker in the health insurance industry for the over 30 yrs. Tammy has over five years of Montessori teaching experience and has been with GMA since 2010.
Assistant - Sunrise Room
Libby graduated from University of Missouri-Kansas City with a BA in French in 2006. She completed the Montessori Foundations and Philosophy course through MEPI in the fall of 2007. Libby joined GMA in 2010.
Maria has over 11 years of Montessori experience, working in Toddler and Primary classrooms. She has been with GMA since 2009.
Andrea has an Associates Degree in Child Development from Penn Valley Community College. She has over 20 years of experience in child care and has been with GMA since 2002.
Katie Grimes is a 2007 graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute with a BFA in sculpture. She has worked in Montessori toddler classroom since 2008 and joined GMA in 2010.